The record books were completely rewritten at the Summerfast 10K, hosted by the Vancouver Falcons. The final race in the 2013 Timex BC Road Race Series and race #8 in the Lower Mainland Series attracted a competitive field. Warm, calm conditions, and a flat course produced fast times for many.
Leading the way was Kelly Wiebe. The former Vancouver Sun Run winner, recently relocated to Vancouver from Saskatchewan to train under Richard Lee, proved he was the class of the field, leading from gun to tape. Through the first mile he was 100m clear, and he continued to extend his lead all the way around the Stanley Park seawall, bettering the previous course record of 30:58 by a full minute. His winning time of 29:57 earned him a $100 bonus.
Behind Wiebe a three way battle developed, and was not settled until the final sprint to the finish. Theo Hunt edged out Kris Swanson by 3 seconds, 31:34 to 31:37, with Jim Finlayson a further 3 seconds back in 31:40. Finlayson’s time was a masters 40+ record, also by over a minute, and earned him a $50 bonus.
Natasha Fraser was next to claim a $100 record bonus, as she also led wire-to-wire, though her margin of victory was much less, winning in 35:01. The surprise of the day was in second place, as Kimberley Doerksen from Gibsons produced a huge PB, bettering her previous best by about 4 minutes. A recent switch to train under John Hill clearly paid dividends for her, as she beat many more fancied rivals in 35:22.
In the battle for third, Erin Burrett and Sabrina Wilkie repeated their tussle from the Longest Day 5K, with a similar outcome as Burrett out-sprinted Wilkie 35:39 to 35:41. Behind them Catherine Watkins made it a clean sweep of records, establishing a new masters 40+ mark of 35:55, to take the $50 bill.
At the other end of the spectrum, BJ McHugh added to her already lengthy list of world age best performances, setting a F8589 record of 1:06:49.
Complete results: http://racedaytiming.ca/raceday-results?display=summerfast10k2013